Overweight Cat Surrendered To Shelter Was Miserable. But As He Lost Weight, He Gained Happiness

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When Watson arrived at the shelter, he weighed a whopping 34.8 pounds. He was surrendered because his previous owners could no longer care for him and said he was having litterbox issues.

He was not in good shape, which led him to be very unhappy. He had multiple tumors and could barely walk or groom himself.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

Thankfully, within the next year, a foster family decided to take him in to help him get healthy again. She changed his name from Fatboy to Watson, and with that name change came a whole new life for him. It was then that his weight loss journey began so that he could be adopted.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

Sheila of Love2Foster put Watson on a special diet, which consisted of canned Purina OM. The vets also removed benign tumors from his body.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

Since it was hard for him to walk, Watson always stayed upstairs. So Sheila encouraged him to go down the stairs by feeding him downstairs. As time went on, Watson became more active and it was getting easier and easier for him to walk.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

As he lost weight, he lost his grumpiness. Watson was becoming much happier and more friendly. He made friends with their other cat, Posey, and loved to play.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

Soon, he was jumping on chairs and beds that he was never able to get to before.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

Watson eventually got his weight down to 23 pounds and was finally ready to be adopted. He wound up finding his forever home with a comic illustrator named Robbi Rodriguez. Watson has some health issues due to him being overweight for so long, but his new family gives him the best care and all the love in the world.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

You can keep up with Watson’s adventures on his Instagram account.

 Sheila @love2foster

Sheila @love2foster

H/T to LoveMeow for this story.

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.